Law degree puts black students off legal career

Black Caribbean law students are being turned off becoming lawyers during their undergraduate degrees, despite starting off with high aspirations to enter the profession, according to research commissioned by the UK Centre for Legal Education.

The study found that at the outset of the course, 71 per cent of black Caribbean students wanted to be solicitors or barristers, but by the end this figure had significantly declined to the extent that they became the ethnic group most inclined to take a non-law job.

The research, which questioned 257 students from different ethnic groups, also found that fewer black Caribbean students wished to qualify as barristers than other ethnic groups.